VIN is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, non religious Nepal based organization (NGO). VIN has not been funded by any organizations / agencies. We are entirely dependent on resources and funding received from our current and past volunteers / interns. We are proud to offer all of the services at a very affordable prices. Our program fees are two to three times less then other international volunteering organizations. However we do not compromise the quality of the projects. You and our working communities receive more for less. Our community services and services for our volunteers and interns are provided from our local experienced full time staff, click here to learn about our staff.
Our goal is to empower marginalized rural communities in Nepal. We have our sustainable long term holistic projects to achieve this goal. Our full time staff team run these projects. We place volunteers / interns directly to these projects. We therefore do not have to pay for any other agencies or organizations. We do not have to spend too much for the operation cost. Our full time staff salaries are paid reasonable on local standard. We work very hard and smart to keep costs down especially for you, the volunteers 7 interns where it counts the most. This is the main reason our volunteer program fees are more affordable than any other volunteer abroad agencies.
Our program fees starts from 280€ and vary depending on the type of program (volunteering or internship). All our program fees go directly to fund your stay, staff salaries and various community projects. We are working hard to ensure high level of project quality of the programs and the safety of all volunteers.
Program Booking Fee: €100 – is a non refundable fee which covers processing your application and per-departure support and is not deductible from program fees.
Volunteer & internship Program Fee Structure in EURO
|Program Duration in Weeks / Program Fees in Euro (€)|
|S.N||Program Type||2||3||4||6||8||10||12||14||16||Each additional week|
|3||Volunteer & Charity Trekking||3 weeks volunteering & 12 days Charity Trekking 1250|
|4||Volunteering & Travel Tour||4 weeks volunteering and weekend(3 nights 5 days) travel tour 780|
|5||Buddhist Monastery placements are available 4 + weeks only||There will be 70 EUR Extra fee if multiple projects are chosen to cover logistic support|
Please read the following information carefully before you book your position:
- The program costs are reviewed in every July to adjust the inflation rates. Convert costs in your currency Click here
- To book a volunteer / internship placement with us, you should pay €100 using Paypal Click here online or bank transfer as stated below. This amount is for processing your application; pre departure support and ensures your arrival at VIN and NOT deductible from program fees. We only accept payment once you are accepted for the program.
- You may contact us for customized group Volunteering & program fee.
- If you wish to work for more than one placement, then you are required to pay €70 extra to cover our extra logistic work.
- Program Induction (Please watch our Program Induction Video, click here to learn what to expect): 2 start dates are usually available each month. We start program induction 1st and 15th of each month. It varies from 1 to 3 days or even a week depending on program duration. Induction period is considered part of your volunteering / internship program period. If you wish to come in between for a short period, you will receive a basic orientation before the placement. Please arrive one day prior to the program induction date.
- Please read VIN’s online “Terms and Conditions” before you confirm your placement;
- We mainly accept cash payment. If you wish to pay by Paypal, there will be 5.5% extra cost to cover paypal transaction and bank transfer fees. You can also pay program fee in major currencies like USD, Sterling Pounds, Australian dollars, Canadian dollars.
The program fee covers:
- Airport pick up by VIN staff with Nepali culture
- Pick up from hotel to VIN office
- Hotel to project site on the first day with your luggage
- From the project site to VIN office / Hotel on the last day with your luggage;
2) Program Induction (Pre service training)
- Presentation on VIN history, development, strategies, success and failure stories
- Survival Nepali language course ; 2 hours each day during the induction
- Nepali culture & Do’s & Don’ts
- Presentation on Nepali history, politics, economy, social problems
- Health & safety Tips
- Program related orientation, e.g. teacher training -TEFL tips.
- A half day sightseeing of world heritage sites, e.g. Patan Darbur Square, Pashupatinath / Baudhanath Stupa
- Stationary & handouts of the presentations
- Safe travel, trekking, adventure assistance
3) Food & Accommodation
- Accommodation at a budget hotel on same sharing basis and lunch at VIN’s office during program the induction.
- Food & accommodation during placement with a host family / hostel / monastery / orphanage homes (depending on your program)
- The living standard will be of Nepali standard and 2 to 3 meals provided;
4) Administrative Cost
- Staff salaries
- Office rent & office supplies
- Regular follow up support
- Meeting & socialization with volunteers & interns from different countries
- 24/7 emergency support
- Free wireless internet at our office
- Communications like Internet & phone, letters
- VIN promotional visits
- Online offline advertisement
- Administrative charge
- Local taxes & membership fees
5)Community Project Funding
- Women’s empowerment: 65+ women’s clubs, women’s cooperatives, income generative projects, education & life skills
- Children’s development: 20+ early child development centers, 19 children’s clubs, 5 orphanage homes, hundreds of children’s education , school building, compound, classroom, toilet construction and material support, teacher training
- Community health: Free medical check-up for over 3000 poor people by professional VIN’s doctor. Lab, medicine, mobile clinics, school health and toilet construction for each poor families
- Youth empowerment: 11 youth clubs and their activities to empower local youth
- Project staff salaries
- Support for local volunteers
The program fee excludes the following:
- Airfare, Visa and Visa extension fee – (check with your embassy or Nepal Immigration for the latest fee structure)- Visa (tourist) fee in US$: 15 days:- US$25 30 days:-US$40 90 days: US$100 Per additional day:- US$2;
- Stationeries during volunteering period if you wish to use much;
- Breakfast and dinner during program induction (€5 per day will be enough)
- Return transfer to airport -VIN staff can help you to drop you off the airport if you need help;
- Transportation during weekends travel;
- Entrance fees to the cultural Heritage – $22 max for main cultural sites;
- Personal travel and sightseeing (trekking, jungle safari etc. If you are interested VIN can organize for you with affordable prices);
- Laundry, internet access, telephone, drinks or other costs accrued during training and placement;
- Gifts to project staffs and host family, if you wish to buy any;
- Should you wish to spend more time in Kathmandu pre and post placement period, please remember to budget accordingly!
- Travel and medical insurances, immunization, health expenses;
- You will also need a weekly budget of up to US $20 to cater for all your other expenses like bottled water.
Please use the following bank address to send money for VIN:
Account Name: Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN)
SWIFT CODE: SIDDNPKA
Account Number: 0191 5196068
Bank Name: Siddhartha Bank
Ward No 15, Swoyambhu, HallChowk,
TEL: 01-4033606 / 4033607
Account Name: Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN)
SWIFT CODE: EVBLNPKA
Current Account No: 02000501209578
Everest Bank Limited
Balaju, Kathmandu, Nepal
Remember: If you wish to pay using Paypal, then you should pay 5.5% extra for Paypal fees and transfer charges and you are required to cover the bank transfer fees, if you transfer to our above bank account.
Note: Once you start your placement, if you wish to discontinue in any reason, the programs fee you pay are not refundable.
VIN is solely funded through the Program Fees paid by volunteers like you. VIN receives no funding from other donor agencies. Independent donations are welcomed and will be applied toward various projects established by VIN. If you are interested in providing a donation, please use our online DONATE NOW button.
Thank you for reading and understanding!